Department of Religion

Reynolda Campus



I. Publications, Performances, Exhibits

II. Papers and Presentations

III. Editorships, Offices, and Consultancies

IV. External Grants Received

V. Awards




I.  Publications, Performances, Exhibits


Boyd, Stephen


"Gender Justice and the Transformative Power of Mutual Vulnerability," in Deborah J. Haynes, James D. Smith III, and Janet F. Carlson, eds. The Subjective Eye: Essay in Culture, Religion, and Gender in Honor of Margaret R. Miles, Princeton Theological Monograph Series 59 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications 2006) 207-220.


Ford, Jay


Jōkei and Buddhist Devotion in Early Medieval Japan. New York: Oxford University Press, July, 2006


“Buddhist Ceremonials (kōshiki) and the Ideological Discourse of Established Buddhism in Early Medieval Japan.” In Discourse and Ideology in Medieval Japanese Buddhism. Eds. Richard Payne and Taigen Daniel Leighton. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2006, pp. 97-125.


Book Review of Richard Bowring’s The Religious Traditions of Japan 500-1600 (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Monumenta Nipponica (62/1), Spring 2007, pp. 14-17.


Book Review of Approaching the Land of Bliss: Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitābha. Edited by Richard K. Payne and Kenneth K. Tanaka (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004). Philosophy East and West (57/2), April, 2007, pp. 287-281.


“Jōkei and Kannon: Defending Buddhist Pluralism in Medieval Japan.” Visiting lecture at the Reischauer Institute, Harvard University. April 13, 2007.


“Jōkei and Buddhist Devotion in Medieval Japan.” New Horizons Lecture Series, Wake Forest University. March 7, 2007.


“Exploring Religious Pluralism through Asian Religions.” Presentation to the North Carolina Young President’s Organization. Greensboro, NC. November 13, 2006.


Foskett, Mary


Mary F. Foskett and Jeffrey Kah-Jin Kuan (eds.), Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation (Chalice Press, 2006).


“Obscured Beginnings: Lessons from the Study of Christian Origins,” in Mary F.

Foskett and Jeffrey Kah-Jin Kuan (eds.), Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation (Chalice Press, 2006).


“Adoption,” in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press, 2006).


 “Annunciation,” in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press, 2006).


 “Asian American Biblical Interpretation,” in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible

(Abingdon Press, 2006).


“Ave Maria” in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press, 2006).


“Birth” in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press, 2006).


Hoglund, Kenneth


“Bishalem” and “Binnui” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 1  (Abingdon

        Press, 2006)


Horton, Fred


“Architecture, NT” in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006) 1:248-251.


“Antonia, Fortress” in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006) 1:185.


Ilesanmi, Simeon


Several manuscripts were reviewed for Journal of Religious Ethics; Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics; Journal of Religion; Orbis Press; Georgetown University Press; University of Virginia Press; and Blackwell Publishers; Baylor University Press


Africa’s Poverty and a Human Rights Response,” in Research Frontiers 4 (2006), 17-31.


“Religion and Politics in African Traditional Religions” in Encyclopedia of Religion and Politics (2d. edition), ed. Robert Wuthnow (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 2007).


Kimball, Charles


Kimball, Charles, “What We Have Learned” The Greensboro News & Record (Sept. 10, 2006).


Kimball, Charles, “When Religion Becomes Evil,” in The Pluralist Paradigm:  Democracy in the 21st Century,  Sondra Myers and Patrice Brodeur, eds.  Scranton, PA:  University of Scranton Press, 2006.


Kimball, Charles, “Religious Pluralism in the United States,” First Freedom News, Fall/Winter 2006/2007.


Kimball, Charles, “Road Maps to Peace or Destruction?  Three Evangelicals on the Challenges of Israel-Palestine,” Sojourners, April 2007.


Moore, Megan


Megan Bishop Moore and Brad E. Kelle, Israel’s Prophets and Israel’s Past: Essays on the

relationship of Prophetic Texts and Israelite History in Honor of John H. Hayes. Library of

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. New York: T&T Clark, 2007.


“Writing Israel’s History Using the Prophetic Books” in Kelle and Moore, Israel’s

Prophets and Israel’s Past (above).


Neal, Lynn


Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction, The University of North Carolina Press (February 27, 2007)


Whitaker, Jarrod


Forthcoming. “Who Gets to Live Forever in Ancient India? Rethinking ayus (“lifetime”) in the Rgveda and Atharvaveda 1.35.” In Steven E. Lindquist, ed., Essays on South Asia in Honor of Patrick Olivelle (Firenze: Firenze University Press).


Forthcoming. “Masculinity and Violence in the Rgveda: Defining the roles of nár, vīrá, and śura.” In Theodore N. Proferes & Joel P. Brereton, eds., Selected Papers from the 13th World Sanskrit Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2006.


Forthcoming. “How Exactly is the Dragon Killed? The Importance of śávas in the Rgveda.” Under revision for Journal of the American Oriental Society.



II.   Papers and Presentations Presented at Professional Meetings


Foskett, Mary


Response to Panel Review of Mary F. Foskett and Jeffrey Kah-Jin Kuan (eds.,), Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation (Chalice Press, 2006). 2006 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Washington, D. C.


Hoglund, Kenneth

“’Pethahiah, Advisor to the King’: A New Effort to Understand Nehemiah 11” Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah Section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Washington, DC Nov., 2006.


Ilesanmi, Simeon


“The Burden of Religion and the fragility of Constitutional Relief: A Critique of State Involvement in Religious Pilgrimages in Nigeria” (Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington, DC, November 19, 2006).


Convener, Special Panel on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics at the Annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, Dallas, TX, January 6, 2007.


“Globalization, Immigrant Religious Workers and the U.S. Law: An Assessment of the Judicial Deference Principle” (Presented at the Conference on THE GOOD SAMARITAN IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE: Migration, Religion, and the World Economy, Princeton University, March 30, 2007).


“The Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur: A case of Impermissible Neutrality (Presented at the WFU Faculty Colloquium, President’s House, April 2, 2007; also presented at Hiram College, OH, 26 February 2007).


“From Periphery to Center: Pentecostal Christianity and the Retreat of the Secular State in Africa” (A Guest Lecture at the Seminar on Whose Religion? Which Morality? Conflict and Authority in World Religions, Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions, April 16, 2007).


Kimball, Charles


Keynote Lecture at Assumption College’s international conference on “The Future of Religion”: "Religion, Pluralism and Democracy:  The Volatile Mix in the 21st Century," The University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, May 16-18, 2007


Moore, Megan


“The Archaeology of the Ancient Near East: Israel as a Case Study?” Paper to be

presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Region of the Society of Biblical

Literature, American Academy of Religion, and American Schools of Oriental Research

(SECSOR), Nashville, TN, March 2007, and at the SBL annual meeting, San Diego, CA,

 November 2007.


 “The Role of Hebrew Bible in Archaeological and Historical Notions of Ethnicity.”

 Paper presented at SECSOR, Nashville, TN, March 2007.


“Fighting in Writing: Warfare and Battles in Current Historical Reconstructions of

Ancient Israel” SBL annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2006.


Neal, Lynn


“I Know there is Wresting in Heaven”:  Eddie Guerrero, Wrestling Fans, and the Transformation of Mourning” at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington, D.C., November 2006.


Whitaker, Jarrod


The Fourth International Vedic Workshop: The Vedas in Culture and History, Austin, TX: “Indrahood (indriyá) and The Human Indra.” Paper Accepted.  2007, May.         


217th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, San Antonio, TX: “Who Gets to Live Forever in Ancient India? Rethinking ayus (“lifetime”) in the Rgveda and Atharvaveda 1.35.”  2007, Mar.    


New England Conference of the Association for Asian Studies: Magical Practice and Magical Thinking in Asian Culture: “Who Gets to Live Forever in Ancient India? Rethinking ayus (“life”) in the Rgveda.” Read in absentia.  2006, Nov.        


Accepted/In Press. “Does Pressing Sóma Make You an Āryan? A Brief Review of súsvi- and ásusvi- in the Rgveda.” Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft.



III.  Editorships, Offices, and Consultancies


Boyd, Stephen


Associate Editor, Journal of Men’s Studies


Board of Directors, American Men’s Studies Association


Steering Committee, Men’s Studies in Religion Group, American Academy of Religion


Ford, Jay


Section Editor for Japanese Traditions. Religion Compass—Blackwell Publishing (“an online-only journal publishing original, peer-evaluated, state-of-the-art surveys of current research from across the entire discipline”).


Co-Chair, Japanese Religions Group, American Academy of Religion, 2004-2008. (elected November, 2004).


Foskett, Mary


President, Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium


Society of Biblical Literature Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession.


Hoglund, Kenneth


Member, Old Testament Series Editorial Board, Smyth Helwys Biblical Commentary series


Vice-President and Program Chair, SE Society of Biblical Literature            


Member, Executive Committee, SE Commission for the Study of Religion


Horton, Fred


Wake Forest Corporate Representative to the American Schools of Oriental Research, 1990-


Board member, Joint Expedition to Tell el-Hesi (ASOR)


Board Member, School of Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina


Board of Examining Chaplains, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina


Ilesanmi, Simeon


Associate Editor, Journal of Religious Ethics


Referee, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics


Editorial Board Member, Advancing Human Rights Book Series, Georgetown University  Press.


Executive Committee member, Society for the Study of Black Religions.


Co-Chair, Islamic-Christian Comparative Ethics Group, Society of Christian Ethics


Executive Committee Member, African and African-American Religious Ethics, Society of Christian Ethics


Religious Consultation on Reproductive Technology, Health and Ethics


Kimball, Charles


Consultant for Churches for Middle East Peace, an ecumenical agency focused on education and public policy advocacy (1-2 hours per month).  NOTE:  I founded this organization in 1984.


Consultant for the U.S. Inter-religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, a national Jewish-Christian-Muslim organization working on education and public policy advocacy  (1-2 hours per month).  NOTE: I co-founded this organization in 1987.


Consultant to numerous churches and denominational agencies on educational programs related to Islam, the Middle East and Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations (1-2 hours per week).


Neal, Lynn


Section Chair, Religion in America, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion


IV.  External Grants Received 


Boyd, Stephen


Social Responsibility & the Academy


Center for Urban Ministries

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$  Funded:





V. Awards for Distinguished Teaching, Research, or Professional Activities 


Boyd, Stephen


Awarded the  2007 'Building the Dream Award,' given during the sixth annual WSSU & WFU joint Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on January 15, 2007. The 'Building the Dream' Award was established to honor one professor or administrator and one student from either WSSU or WFU who exemplifies the ideals that King embodied and ultimately died for.


Ford, Jay


Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow: Thee-year appointment (2005-2007)


Ilesanmi, Simeon


Selected as a 2007 Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Fellow, Wake Forest University.


Kimball, Charles


Rita and William Bell Visiting Professor at The University of Tulsa, Fall Term 2006.  Taught two courses: “Islam” (35 students); “Conceptions of the Afterlife” (15 students).


Feaver-MacMinn Visiting Professor, The Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.  Taught a campus-wide seminar on “Conceptions of the Afterlife,”  Mar. 6-11, 2007.  Seminar students (19 undergraduate; 6 graduate) received 2 or 3 hrs. credit.


Neal, Lynn


One of fifteen people selected to participate in 2007-2008 Workshop on Teaching and Learning for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities.  Sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.


Recognition by WF Chapter of Delta Delta Delta as “outstanding professor from the Religion Department” in both the Fall and Spring semesters.